2006 World Junior A Challenge

2006 World Junior A Challenge

2006 World Junior A Challenge

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<!-- Deleted image removed: -->The World Junior A Challenge 2006 was an international Junior "A" ice hockey tournament hosted by Hockey Canada. The 2006 World Junior A Challenge was hosted by the Canadian City of Yorkton, Saskatchewan.


The final was between Canada East and Canada West. The West came out on fire early with two quick goals from Jordie Johnston of the La Ronge Ice Wolves, and took a 4-0 lead before the halfway point of the game. The East came back, led by two third period goals by David Kostuch of the Markham Waxers, but in the end they came up short. The West won the first ever WJAC with a 4-3 victory. The Gold Medal game was the only game of the tournament to be nationally televised. It was pre-taped and played on November 18, 2006 by TSN, a week after the game was actually played. All games, except the final, were webcast by Hockey Canada. The Final, due to a contractual agreement with TSN, was not allowed to be webcast.

The Bronze Medal Game was played between Slovakia and Russia. After 3 periods, the game was tied 1-1. After an Overtime and Shootout, the Russians came out on top 2-1. They outshot the Slovaks 49-16.

Canadian Controversy

Following the Championship game, Hockey Canada officials told members of their own two national teams that if they wanted to keep their game-worn jerseys, they would have to flip their own bill. For a price of $225 CAD, players were allowed to take home their own "Home"...
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